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Put on your marching shoes

The International Women’s Day March will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at HemisFair Park downtown and end at Dignowity Park, at Nolan and Hackberry. Supporters of women’s rights will march to demand equality and raise awareness about women’s health care, reproductive rights, and violence against women. Speakers include Councilwoman Elena Guajardo, president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Sarwat Husain, Pastor Rosa Wilson, and Naomi Wanjiku Gakunka. Info: Graciela Sanchez, 228-0201.

Francesca Camillo




Primary warning

Early voting for the primary election ends Friday, March 3; Election Day is March 7. Be advised — as state or local government officials are mum on the issue — that if you vote in the primary you can’t sign ballot-access petitions for third-party or independent candidates, including the Greens, Kinky Friedman, or Carole Strayhorn.

Lisa Sorg




Spring is busting out

This year, many Texas college students will return from spring break on South Padre Island with more than sand in their pants: More cases of sexually transmitted diseases are diagnosed during the two weeks after spring break than at any other time of the year.

To prepare San Antonio students for an STD-free holiday, Planned Parenthood is hosting Spring Break College Day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 3, at its clinic, 6749 Bandera Road. Participating students will receive free Spring Break Kits containing condoms, lubricant, information on STDs and emergency contraception, and a 25 percent discount on services, such as STD and pregnancy testing and birth control.

In 2004, 9,848 cases of STD/HIV were reported in Bexar County; of those cases 6,362 were people ages 15-24.

Susan Pagani




Name dropping

The directory in the Tower-Life building, home of several Zachry corporate offices, is missing some key names, including that of Ken Wolf. Last June, Wolf resigned from a Zachry subsidiary for violating the corporate e-mail policy, but was retained as a consultant. His contract reportedly expired in late February, two weeks after the Current revealed his cozy agreement. Much of the board has been blacked out, and under Z, only H.B. Zachry and Powell Zachry’s names remain.

Lisa Sorg


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